History Resources

  • America in Class - Primary sources from the National Humanities Center

    Collections of primary resources compatible with the Common Core State Standards — historical documents, literary texts, and works of art — thematically organized with notes and discussion questions.
  • American Civil War

    The American Civil War (1861-1865) was a civil war between the United States of America, called the Union, and the Confederate States of America, formed by eleven Southern states that had declared their secession from the Union. The Union won a decisive victory, followed by a period of Reconstruction. The war produced more than 970,000 casualties (3 percent of population), including approximately 560,000 deaths. The causes of the war, the reasons for the outcome, and even the name of the war itself, are subjects of much controversy, even today.

  • Berkeley: Finding Historical Primary Sources **********************************

    Primary Sources - US History - Selected

    Databases marked UCB ONLY are available from public workstations in a UC Berkeley library, and remotely to currently enrolled students, faculty and staff. For remote access information, see Connecting from Off Campus.

    To find articles, see below.

    • American Memory: Historical Collections for the National Digital Library 
      Consists of more than 7 million digital items from more than 100 historical Library of Congress collections. The primary source and archival materials relating in the project cover topics from art and architecture to performing arts to technology and applied sciences.
    • American Memory Motion Pictures Collections (Library of Congress) 
      A gateway to primary source materials relating to the history and culture of the United States. The site offers more than 7 million digital items from more than 100 historical collections. Includes a sampling of early American films, including works by the Edison Company, recordings of vaudeville and other popular entertainments, early animated films; recordings of early 20th Century presidents, and scenes of American work and leisure, 1894-1915.
    • American Presidency Project 
      Contains all major publications of the U.S. Office of the President, including: Public Papers of the President, Inaugural Addresses, Executive Orders, Signing Statements, and other information such as radio addresses, party platforms, videos of debates, and popularity polling data. This project was developed by two political science professors at UCSB.
    • Calisphere 
      Gateway to digitized images from the libraries and museums of 10 University of California campuses and more than 100 cultural heritage organizations in California. Includes more than 150,000 photographs, diaries, documents, oral histories and other resources. Serves as a single point of access for more than 300 UC-created websites and collections.
    • Making of America (Cornell University) 
      Access to 267 monograph volumes and over 100,000 journal articles from 22 journals with 19th century imprints. The collection is particularly strong in the areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology. Making of America is a collaboration between the libraries of Cornell University and the University of Michigan to document American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction by drawing upon the primary materials at these two institutions. The Michigan site is available at: http://www.hti.umich.edu/m/moagrp/
    • Making of America (University of Michigan) 
      Access to 9,500 books and almost 2500 digitized issues of 12 journals published in the 19th century. The collection is particularly strong in the areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology. Making of America is a collaboration between the libraries of Cornell University and the University of Michigan to document American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction by drawing upon unique primary materials held at each institution. The Cornell site is available at:http://cdl.library.cornell.edu/moa/index.html
    • Chronicling America 
      This site allows users to search and view newspaper pages from 1880-1922 and find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. To date, over 200,000 pages of California newspapers have been digitized.
    • Archive of Americana 
      A family of primary source collections providing references to books, pamphlets, broadsides (Early American Imprints, Series I and Series II), newspapers (Early American Newspapers) and government publications (American State Papersand U.S. Congressional Serial Set). UCB ONLY
  • Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers

    This site from the Library of Congress, which allows visitors to search and view newspaper pages from 1880-1910 and find information about American newspapers published since 1690.
  • Civil War News

  • Civil War Soldier & Sailors System

  • Civil War@Smithsonian

  • EuroDocs: Online Sources for European History

  • Gilder Lehrman Collection

    The Gilder Lehrman Collection is a unique archive of primary sources in American history. Owned by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and located at the New-York Historical Society, the Collection includes more than 60,000 letters, diaries, maps, pamphlets, printed books, newspapers, photographs, and ephemera that document the political, social, and economic history of the United States. An extensive resource for educators, students, and scholars, the Collection ranges from 1493 through the twentieth century and is widely considered one of the nation’s great archives in the Revolutionary, early national, antebellum, and Civil War periods.

    The Collections online catalog provides a comprehensive finding aid for our holdings. The groupings below contain an introduction to content in a particular era as well as selected searches to help you explore our resources.

  • Historical Primary Sources

    This alphabetic list describes all of the digital and microform collections Miami University Libraries either have purchased or currently subscribe to. It excludes major print collections of primary sources, such as mulitvolume edited papers of individuals or organizations. To find those kinds of collections, use the Libraries' catalog or consult the individual subject listings under the Primary Sources Guide. For another method of locating digital primary sources, try the first database listed below and designed (and in beta test) by Miami Librarians (comments welcome).
  • HistoryBuff.com.

      Nonprofit organization providing FREE primary source material for students, teachers, and history buffs.

  • Images of the French Revolution

  • National Endowment for the Humanities - Edsitement

    The best of the Humanities on the web.
  • Primary Research: Bring History Closer to Home

    "Primary Research is an archive of student projects related to local history near Beverly, Massachusetts. Projects range from an examination of local cemeteries and tombstones to the lives of African Americans in antebellum Boston.

  • primary sources on the web

    We've searched the Web to find primary source documents, maps, images, and more that you can use in your classroom. The sites are sorted into two categories: sites relating to United States history and sites relating toworld history.
  • Smithsonian's History Explorer

    The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, along with the Verizon Foundation, has developed this website which offers standards-based online resources for teaching and learning American history.

  • Social Studies Central Primary Sources

    One of the great things about the Internet is its ability to transmit primary source documents right into our classrooms! Archives and museums are constantly digitizing photos, diaries, notes, manuscripts, and more. The sites below are just the tip of the iceberg but will give you a start as you begin to search for appropriate materials.
  • Tennessee Civil War Sourcebook

    This sourcebook aims at chronicling the military, economic, social and political history associated with the Civil War as it happened in Tennessee. The sources consulted were diaries, period newspapers, official Civil War records, diaries, ship deck logs, letters, and historical articles. There are well over 7,000 entries in this collection.

  • The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire - Library of Congress

    The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire: Exploring Tragedy and Reform with Primary Sources.

  • The United States Civil War Center

    The mission of the United States Civil War Center is to promote interdisciplinary study of the American Civil War. It was founded in 1993 by novelist David Madden, Professor of English at Louisiana State University, and is supported in part by a donation from the late Frank Magill, founder of Salem Press.

  • Wilson Center - Digital Archive International History Declassified

    The Digital Archive contains once-secret documents from governments all across the globe, uncovering new sources and providing fresh insights into the history of international relations and diplomacy. It collects the research of three Wilson Center projects which focus on the interrelated histories of the Cold WarKorea, and Nuclear Proliferation[Read more]
  • World Digital library

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  • World War I and II Poster Collection

    War posters from World War I and II encouraged the people of the nations at war to buy war bonds, plant gardens, ration, enlist, or work extra hard for the sake of the war effort. A collection of these posters can be found in abundance on the library website of the University of North Texas.